Rising Youth Theatre During COVID-19

We're a community & we're in this together

Hey Community: 

We hope you’re staying safe and healthy out there! We miss you! And we’ll be honest – we’re super disappointed that we don’t get to share some of the amazing things we’ve been working on this March, ranging from our Arts in the Parks partnerships with the city of Tempe to our binational production of Mis Amores Fronterizos, on the Douglas/Agua Prieta border in partnership with Border Arts Corridor and Safos Dance Theatre.

But we also are paying attention to the world around us, and we know that postponing and re-imagining these events this spring is one of the best ways we can show up for our community and help to keep each other safe. So from that perspective, we’re so glad that we can make space for our folks to work remotely, push events to later in the year, curate some digital spaces where we can make art and be together, and work with our community partners to make sure everyone is as safe as possible.  

What We Know

We don’t have all the answers to everything (and it’s changing constantly!) but here’s what we know right now:

  • The Phoenix Center for the Arts, where we have our office and rehearsal space is closed, at least through the end of March. Our staff will be working remotely for as long as we need to for community safety. We can all be reached via email (listed below)
  • Our public events through Tempe’s Arts in the Parks program are being rescheduled for the fall
  • The performance on the border of Mis Amores Fronterizos, in partnership with Border Arts Corridor and Safos Dance Theatre has been rescheduled for October 17, 2020
  • We work with many, many school partners, and these school programs are not happening in person while schools are closed. However! We are working one on one with each of our school partners
  • We have a lot of teaching artists currently working on contracts with schools. We are committing to paying our teaching artists through the end of their contracts, making sure that no one suffers a financial crisis because of these unique circumstances

What We’re Waiting to See

  • Currently we are scheduled to begin rehearsals for Face to Face on April 20, and hold performances June 5-14. As of now, we are hoping that this will be able to continue as planned – but we are working on contingencies and will keep folks updated as we know more
  • Similarly, we are moving forward with preparations for summer camp at the Phoenix Center for the Arts and registrations are live now. We’ll keep you updated if anything changes.

How You Can Help

  • DONATE. We know you’re hearing this from lots of organizations right now. But it really is so critical. Everything is precarious for arts organizations at this moment, and your support allows us to keep paying our artists, supporting our young people, and moving forward with our work. What’s more, Rising Youth Theatre is now eligible for the Arizona Tax Credit! That means that your donation (up to $400 for individuals and $800 for couples filing jointly) comes back to you 100% as a tax credit when you file your taxes. Gifts made before April 15 can be directed towards either your 2019 or 2020 taxes, and your gift made after April 15 can be directed to your 2020 taxes.
  • Support local artists and small businesses! Listen, this is a great moment to buy some art, a gift certificate, send a message of support and solidarity
  • Take care of yourselves and your neighbors. We love you all. Please reach out if you need anything.

Thank you so much!

The Rising Youth Staff Team

Julio, Paula, Quinn, Sarah, Sofía, Trini, Ty, Xanthia

image of Rising Youth Theatre audience at 2020 Light Rail Plays